A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus, Bk 14)
A Question of Blood - Inspector Rebus, Bk 14 Author:Ian Rankin When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Army investigators show up to snoop around the scene of the crime, and links between the killer and a local group of "Goths" (a morbid clique of black-cla... more »d teens who listen to heavy metal music) begin to surface. But just as Rebus finds himself in the thick of the murder inquiry, he's threatened with suspension from the police force: a man who had been menacing his partner and friend, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke, dies in the same house fire that has left Rebus with horrible, painful burns. Rebus is immediately suspected of foul play. Now Rebus is faced with two harrowing missions: He must get to the root of the boarding school killing even as he tries to clear his own name.« less
Just how randon were the killings at Edinburgh's posh, private Port Edgar Academy? Everyone assumed a lone madman was responsible for the melee at the school. But why was the killer chummy with the class misfit? Why is the sole surviving witness so reluctant to talk? Andy why are military officials now snooping around the crime scene?
Inspector John Rebus, hobbled by injry and himself under suspicion because of the convenient recent death of his partner's tormentor, dives into the case only to discover that he has family ties to one of the victims. With his credibility near the breaking pont, Rebus must ask himself what drives a man to kill--is it a matter of reventge, or a question of blood?